The Phoenix Cycle

Performance March 1998
Venue Swanston St Melbourne

large squashy red cone with red masked figures in large yellow capes in the city street

The Phoenix Cycle Swanston St, Melbourne
Photograph © Paul Barbera,1998

THE PHOENIX CYCLE was devised by Katy Bowman and produced by Handspan for the Melbourne Moomba Festival where it appeared in both the Family Day Parade and the Night Parade.

Large conical images and sweeping capes were designed by Mary Sutherland and constructed with paper. Masked figures wearing large capes were choreographed to spread fan-like wings that flanked soft sculptured red cones as they processed down Melbourne's central Swanston St thoroughfare. Spot performances by firemen clowns complemented the walking images and engaged the crowds that lined the street as they travelled.

THE PHOENIX CYCLE was the forerunner to Katy's 1999 work created with Handspan where its shapes were further explored in The Cone Project.

The Phoenix Cycle : Mary Sutherland's designs © 1998

The Phoenix Cycle : Day

The Phoenix Cycle : Night
Photographs © Paul Barbara, 1998
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Creative team
Devised & directed by Katy Bowman
Choreographer Daryl Pellizzer
Designer Mary Sutherland
Production team
Electrics Jun Park
Fireman Paul Judd
Stage manager Beck Zack
Fabrication Katy Bowman, Peta Close, Ingrid Maganov, Mary Sutherland
Construction assistants Jun Park, Heather Monk, Catherine Wright
Photographer Paul Barbera

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